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   Paint Trends and Tips 

February 2013  

Get Ready for Spring - the Best Time to Paint!

A few tips:     
  • Go through your favorite magazines and tear out photos of rooms you could live in.
     
  • Bring them in to Parvo's and speak with one of our color consultants about what you like.
     
  • Take samples home and try them on your walls. Live with your choices for a while before making a commitment. 
     
  • Be sure your surfaces are properly prepared so your new paint will last a long time.

 

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Color Trends 2013
  
Sunning Color Schemes for Every Room

 2013 Color Trends Bedroom

Inspired by emerging trends in art, fashion and interior design from around the world, Benjamin Moore's color experts have created exciting new color palettes to help you find the perfect colors for your home. See before-and-after photos of room transformations using different paint color schemes... and get inspired!

 

 

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Selecting the Proper Caulking Product
 Hand Applying Caulk
Selecting the proper caulk requires an understanding of the demands that will be placed on the product.
 
  

Caulk selection is performance based, but most likely is based on what the contractor has used in the past or the lowest cost product available.

 

The following should be considered in selecting the best caulk for your job:

  • Inside or outside application
  • Temperature at the time of application
  • Paintable or non-paintable
  • Depth or width of opening 

Today there are more choices than ever so it's a good idea to review what is available.

 

Acrylics

 

Most common types of caulk come in a variety of formulations that affect cost, durability, and adhesion. They are fully cured when the water has evaporated, easy to apply, and residue can be easily cleaned with soap and water. Acrylic caulk is an ideal solution for a wide variety of applications because it is paintable and reasonably priced.

 

Silicone

 

Silicones cure quickly and can be used in low temperature conditions. They are also very flexible, extremely durable while they maintain their properties over a wide temperature range. Most 100% silicones cannot be painted.

 

The best-selling caulks are acrylic based because of a higher degree of flexibility and elongation. The quality of these products has improved greatly over the past several years.

 

Many times the purchase decision is based on cost and the expected "warranty life." Many are labeled from 15 years to lifetime performance, but the greatest volume is 35 to 45 year caulks. Year designations do not guarantee performance or longevity.

 

The applicator needs to make a selection based on the requirements that will be placed on the caulk. Check the information on the tube and read what the product has been tested for. If you need more information than what is on the tube, contact the manufacturer to help you make a more informed purchase.

 

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